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ci gusta! stands for “We Like It!” in Italian and is synonymous with authentic Italian artisan desserts made with premium ingredients. This dessert franchise from Italy offers more than 10 flavours of gelato that are highly customisable with toppings and fresh fruits.
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The Place It was a coincidence when I chanced upon Ci Gusta! as I was walking around Anchorpoint, the shopping centre in Alexandra just opposite Ikea. Ci Gusta! is an Italian franchise which specialises in its Gelato, and I happened to be craving for one. It is a small shop in Anchorpoint with some limited indoor seats. There are currently 2 outlets in Singapore, the other located at Lot 1 shopping mall in Chua Chu Kang.
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“Ci Gusta!” stands for “We Like It” in Italian. Indeed, we definitely liked the Dark Chocolate from Ci Gusta. It was smooth, rich, very thick and velvety. It wasn’t too sweet, with a tinge of bitterness. It was the strong, outstanding flavours of dark chocolate which won us over. In fact, when we had it together with the Donatella, it made the hazelnut taste of the later pale in comparison. The Pino Pinguino was essentially vanilla ice cream, with dollops of milk chocolate within it. Naturally, the chunks of chocolate were the highlight of the Pino Pinguino. The Salted Caramel was more towards the sweet side, than the salty side. On the whole, the ice cream at Ci Gusta! was reasonably priced and commendable. In particular, the Dark Chocolate has got to be the crowd favourite.
Looking at the tubs and tubs of tantalising colourful display of gelatos, sorbets and yoghurt at its shopfront, how can one not try it? The shop is bright and cheery, and one can choose up to 2 flavours even if it's the smallest cup (picolo).
Sampled flavours such as Pino Pinguino (bestseller - nicely fragrant hazelnut taste), Chocolate, Vanilla Whisky, Rum and Raisin, and Salted Caramel before deciding on Salted Caramel, Rum and Raisin and Peach Mango.
The rum tasted quite strong in the beginning but its flavour mellowed considerably as you bite along. Peach Mango is such a refreshing flavour that it feels almost like a you're sitting on the beach enjoying the breeze. But, my favourite is Salted Caramel. Decadent.
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There are more than 15 flavours of artisanal gelato to choose from, and they all sound very exciting with vanilla whisky, salted caramel, pistachio with sea salt and forest berries. Price range from $3.90 for piccolo, $5.40 for medio, and $6.90 for grande.
Ice cream can be really personal, and after trying out close to 10 different types, I decide to stick to my pino pinguino with a blend of chocolate and hazelnut flavours.
If you are bored with the gelato texture, maybe you have not tried the gelato tenero – a dessert combining soft serve ice cream and premium gelato. That is like the best of both worlds – except that I wished it did not melt so fast in our climate.